It was late, around 11 p.m. when Kira finally fell asleep. She had heard the neighbors arguing for over two hours, over something about him coming home drunk again, and she was seeing someone else. The whole thing was heard throughout her apartment building. Kira lived in the not-so-nice part of Republic City. Fights like these were a weekly occurance, along with robberies and rapes.
Kira really didn’t know why she cose to live here. Maybe it was because she felt like she deserved to live here. She once owned a beautiful home with her family. When it burned down, and she couldn’t do anything about it, Kira felt useless. She felt like she didn’t deserve to live in a nice place again. Maybe it had to do with the fear of fire consuming another nice home of hers. Kira barely got anything from the ashes of her old home. They probably wouldn’t survive another fire.
It wasn’t long after the drifted off to sleep, she heard a crash down stairs. Kira quickly sat up only to meet a masked stranger. She gasped as her eyes grew wide and her heart raced. Before she could react, the man moved his wrists and she was paralyzed. Kira let out a small shriek as she felt her body betray her. The second man came upstairs into her bedroom, and the other had complete concentration on Kira. His hands were beginning to shake. He’s new at this. Maybe if i try hard enough I can.. she thought as she closed her eyes tightly.
Kira hadn’t been so terrified since the day she watched the roof of her house claim her husband and her son. The adrenaline rush was just enough to break his bending for the moment. Kira could see the other man go through her drawers looking for yuans, jewels, something he could put in his black bag.
Kira made a dash for the phone downstairs, she was almost there when she slipped. The burglar had bent water under her feet, and froze it. She tumbled down the stairs, breaking a couple of ribs and her ankle on the way. She groaned as she saw the two men come her way. The men quickly left the apartment and hopped into a satomobile waiting for them.
Kira struggled to get to the phone and dial for the police. Once they told her they had someone heading that way, Kira sat on the floor of her apartment, leaning against the wall. The adrenaline had left her body, and the pain was starting to soak in.
The night was calm, for the most part. There were no calls of distress, no gangs brewing havocs, and certainly no equalists. It was peaceful – until the phone rang. Amber eyes observed as one of the officers took the phone to their ears and listened carefully, expressions changing from calm to anxious. The curiosity within him grew as he endeavored for a better explanation. Though he figured it’d be better if he snooped than to inquire about it, granted that they usually don’t elucidate the details that well.
There were words of distress that he picked up, something about a robbery just pass downtown. Odd, he thought as his brows furrowed. That part of town was well known for being the ‘bad side’, where most crimes occur. One would expect for the task force to do something about it, however, they established that they can do no more for that part of town and the best solution was just to let it be. So it wasn’t a wonder when the officer informed them of the crime, very nonchalant.
The indifference that coated the officer’s voice almost made him sick. There was someone who called, distressed and in need of help – how can they be so unconcerned? Mako was familiar of that side of town, that side of town where only the no goods lived. Hoodlums who made money by plotting sinister schemes, bribes, blackmails, and even robbery. He’d seen them all and although he isn’t very proud of his past, Mako used to be one of those goons. So it’s quite ironic seeing him as an officer.
“I’ll go” The fire bender volunteered as he stood up from his seat before making his way out the door. He assumed that if he didn’t volunteer, they would end up coercing people to go and he knows how much the other officers hated that. The inquiring gazes bore at the back of his head as he made his way to the door, questioning why he’s volunteering to go. Why indeed? What benefit will it give him? To recall all the memories that he had while growing up in a hostile environment? Undoubtedly not. Perhaps to assist and innocent person who’s in dire need of help. The fire bender chose the latter.
An ominous ambiance emitted throughout the roads of Republic City as he drove his way through the recognizable street. The sound of tire screeching at the pavement due to the swift halt reverberated amidst the dead stillness. The pubescent took off the key from his motorcycle before hopping off and letting himself vigilantly make his way to the threatening apartment. The door was left ajar and he noted the crunch of breaking glass underneath his boots. His amber eyes observed the place, deciphering the surroundings while he waited for his vision to get used to the darkness. It took him a couple of seconds before finally grasping the silhouette of a panting woman.
Mako swiftly moved through the broken glass, finally reaching the injured woman then picking her up carefully. It’s unorthodox for an officer to help the victim before inquiring about the crime however, with the given circumstances he needed to get her to safety. Bitterness plagued his mind while the recollections of his so called coworkers, decided to dilly dally rather than give aid. “I need to get you to a hospital.” His statement came abruptly before delicately placing her down to the nearby couch then going back to the phone.
The fire bender dialed in the hospital’s number and informed them of the situation, there were questions why they didn’t notify them of this sooner. He knew that most of the time, it would be more than two officers who would inspect a crime scene and an ambulance would be with them just in case. This situation, however, was perceived as something trivial, something that didn’t worry the authorities and Mako wasn’t particularly sure how he’s supposed to explain that. After finally concluding the exchange of data, the fire bender then went back to the injured girl. “They’ll be here soon, just hang on” His reassured her with a calming voice – hoping that nothing out of the ordinary becomes another distraction.